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The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) is downloaded weekly from The file downloaded is considered the "last stable build" available for the ontology. For more about the HPO, view their website at

Term:Glue ear
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Accession:HP:0040262 term browser browse the term
Definition:Middle ear is filled with glue-like fluid instead of air.
Comment:In some contexts, glue ear is used interchangably with otitis media with effusion (OME) (PMID:21653931). Some authors use glue ear to refer to a subtype of OME characterized by thick, glue-like fluid buildup in the middle ear (mucoid otitis media) (PMID:10993548). Serous otitis media is usually responsive to medical treatment, whereas mucoid otitis media is not. This term refers to the mucoid subtype.
Synonyms:xref: MESH:D010034;   SNOMEDCT_US:78868004;   UMLS:C0029883

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      Abnormality of the immune system 0
        Abnormality of immune system physiology 0
          Abnormal inflammatory response 0
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                Glue ear 0
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